Invergordon – 42 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Invergordon – 42 Year Old, Batch 15

So I kinda thought that I really should (if should is the right word) sit and do a review of this whisky..

This is of course a grain whisky from the Highland Distillery Invergordon which is owned by Whyte & Mackay. It’s 42 years old and bottled at 48% by those lovely people at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Batch 15 was released in 2017, and I might have bought one or two (actually, better not count them ALL!!) of the 665 bottles which were released. Lucky me.

The first time I tried Invergordon whisky was back in October 2017 for That Boutique-y Whisky Companies 5th Birthday… this was Batch 11, and I was kind of hooked from then, I think I bought my first bottle of batch 15 just in time for my birthday that year.

I have also been lucky to buy batch 2 and 3, 16 and 19 and I’m sure I will eventually open them one day… Batch 16 has already gone though!!

Invergordon and the Distillery

The distillery is located in Invergordon which is in Easter Ross, Ross-shire. It also happens to be next to a little place called Saltburn…but not the Saltburn I lived in as a very little Smoggy. My late father told me about this when I was a child as he used to deliver fuel up there. If you can imagine me as a 4 year old girl hearing this filled me with excitement!!

The spirit is produced in Coffey Stills, and as you can see in the rather fab drawing on the label by Emily Chappell, this is how the still works.

There is always a little change with each release…can you spot the difference?

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My Review

The initial aroma delivers a slight hint of polish (in a good way.) There is also coffee and cinnamon. Caramel and a little vanilla. A little fruit… with a drizzle of chocolate. Lovely aromatic spices.

A deliciously warming palate. Vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon…and a little leathery note. Pepper heat is spicy. Almost a burnt sugar note with delicious woody notes. And I love it. I really do.

The finish always leaves me smiling, along with the fading spices and a little mocha bitterness.

Sadly I think this is sold out at most places now…I know of at least three whisky shops where I bought one, and went back for another (then another – thanks Wim (Tensu Spirits Boutique) till ‘nom nom, it’s all gone !!’

 

Inside the Bottle: If You Ask Me…

Happy 5th Birthday That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Flash, I love you!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society G5.11 – Flash, I love you!

Okay so those that know me, yep you.. you know what I love, don’t you?

It’s the certain something that just grabs me by the senses and leads me on a journey. That journey can be one of immense pleasure, my senses heightened by colour, aromas and ultimately the taste on my palate before the finish. Do I call it pleasure? Indeed I do!

I’m having a bit of an awakening by way of grain whisky. Shocking eh? Who’d have guessed that? I guess it depends if you’ve been locked in solitary confinement for the last two or so years, if so, then you have missed this, shame on you. Lol.

I bought this release earlier this year, I guess I was wondering if it would hit my spot! This was distilled at the Invergordon Distillery on the 3rd November 1987 in a second fill ex-bourbon cask, and it is 30 years old and bottled at 52.4%.

The Invergordon Distillery sits in the Highlands, next to a place called Saltburn. I’ve known about this area since I was a little Smoggy as my late father used to deliver fuel up there, he often mentioned Saltburn to me as we lived in Saltburn-by-the-sea. Same side of the country, just a lot further up the coast. One day I’ll get up to visit the area. The distillery is owned by Whyte & MacKay and has 3 Coffey stills Invergordon Distillery and is anyone comes across a cask end… please please get in touch. Please.

My Review

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Firstly the colour is so light, like pale straw.

The nose has the scent of nail polish. A very brief hint of freshly ground coffee. There’s a hint of cereal (soggy Weetabix.) Slight saccharine scent and a touch of vanilla, and an outdoorsy country walk air about it…I added a drop of water and this seemed to bring out some citrus notes. A hint of leather in the empty glass.

On the palate, it starts with a lot of spice then a tiny drizzle of caramel and burnt sugar. Loads of pepper. It is quite viscous and slightly oily. Buttery pastries and Imps?! Have you ever sucked an imp? Well it has that slight bitterness to it. Again with water there is a touch of sweetness, but there is a sort of herbal flavour to it. A light nutty flavour too.

The finish is medium length and the herbal flavours remain with a light sweetness, the coating on the mouth leaves an almost waxy feel.

Some things are meant to be loved, this isn’t it. It’s nice, it’s just not OMFG where’s my next bottle nice…

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